THE REPLICA RAID II experimental short film is nearing completion with just another few weeks of post-production before it’s ready to head out on the festival circuit. In the meantime, the film needed a poster, which I designed myself. Hopefully I will add a few laurels to the poster before all is said and done.
STEAMPUNK EDDIE #1, written by myself with art by Jarrett Rutland, is now available online for $1 purchase on Amazon.com’s ComiXology, a digital distribution service for comic books, which can be downloaded on all smartphone devices. Excited and proud to finally widely release the book to the rest of the world!
Follow the embedded link above to the STEAMPUNK EDDIE listing on ComiXology, and read below the official series synopsis for the 8-part Escapist Art adventure.
Eddie would much rather investigate mysterious crashes with his dog Oscar than study for a boring quiz. He gets his chance to think outside the box when an encounter with a snarky time-traveling robot propels him to places he’s halfway heard about in school. The robot’s task is to return items stolen throughout history. If only there was a time pirate who’s out for revenge on the robot for messing up his plans… oh wait, there is! Eddie’s horizons are about to expand past the county limits.STEAMPUNK EDDIE official synopsis
Geeky Gentlemen were a featured guest on the 12th Level Intellects podcast, hosted by James Strecker and myself for the Watchtower Database, also home to our webcomic LEGACIES OF THE DCAU. A few months ago, the Geeky Gentlemen reviewed LEGACIES in a 30 minute video on their YouTube channel, which they do often for high quality works of fan-fiction. They invited us onto their show to reply to their critiques, and in turn, we had them on 12th Level Intellects to analyze another similar DCAU fanfic webcomic DARK KNIGHT ADVENTURES.
I was honored that Ian and Justin took the time to dive deep into the LEGACIES webcomic, because their feedback was so valuable. They had valid criticisms along with utmost praise such as “Better than DC Comics’ FUTURE’S END series” and “The most qualified people aside from the show-runners to continue this universe.” It was a surreal experience to know that my unofficial DC superhero stories are striking a chord with an actual audience, who not only enjoy the read, but intimately analyze the webcomic as well, which is exactly what I was hoping for, since I always plant so many easter eggs, references, and such for the DCAU.
Check out the Geeky Gentlemen’s original review for LEGACIES OF THE DCAU on their YouTube channel above, and watch the Watchtower Database’s guest appearance and response to the webcomic critiques in the rebuttal video below.
That 828 Vibe podcast, hosted by Julio Ortiz and Kenny Stempien, had me on to talk Artificial Ink Creative. I plugged Watchtower Database, 12th Level Intellects, STEAMPUNK EDDIE, and POP-POP IS DEAD. We also chat THE LION KING trailer, and dissect my favorite song from the original soundtrack, which naturally, I chose “Hakuna Matata.” It means, “No worries.” Listen to the episode at the link below:
Trivia Tuesdays with Ted has continued its biweekly release schedule on the Watchtower Database YouTube channel, aside from a few much deserved breaks for our video editor James Strecker. My job is simple in comparison, just researching the topic, writing the scripts, and recording narration; the easy stuff. Seriously though, it’s crucial to find time to catch your breath, and prep for the next videos, since we want to maintain a quality over quantity approach.
In this batch of episodes, I attempted to stay topical with current trends, recent news, and upcoming mainstream releases in the superhero world, such as the DOOM PATROL and SWAMP THING live action series coming to the DC UNIVERSE streaming app, and BATWOMAN spinning out of The CW’s ELSEWORLDS annual crossover event, while sprinkling in a few topics related directly to the DC Animated Universe, per the Watchtower Database channel’s directive.
The 12th Level Intellects biweekly geekly podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself, Ted Kendrick, continued its 2018 schedule from August to November, which was actually a bit of a feat considering that the Watchtower Database took an extended break during the month of November. However, James and I still found some time to get an episode recorded whenever necessary though.
This batch of episodes sees the podcast’s first anniversary with episode #26, an exciting landmark, and partly why we pushed ahead to maintain the schedule. We also started recording at nights rather than in the morning, which I think has created a more energized air around the show. The Watchtower Database has since grown to include 27k subscribers, and each episode of 12th Level Intellects receives a few thousand views with each episode. It’s great to see the show grow.
In these episode, we discussed everything from the DEATH OF SUPERMAN animated feature film, live action blockbusters like MANDY and VENOM, THE TITANS both animated and live action, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES nostalgia, MISTER MIRACLE comic series review, as well as interviewed the music composers behind DCAU cartoons, and answered some questions from our followers and fans.
Lately I’ve been producing independent film projects like the comedy feature POP-POP IS DEAD by Coki Productions, which recently made its film festival debut on November 16th at the LA Comedy Film Festival, and the MOMHEART short film entering production from December 1st-3rd in Asheville, North Carolina.
MOMHEART is a dark comedy with sci-fi elements about an impressionable and childlike man named Gavin, who moves into his very first apartment. He has never known the love of a real family since losing his mother at an early age so he reluctantly turns to FamNi Inc., a shady family rental service, to fill the void in his heart. The film stars Gunner Willis (Netflix’s OZARK, HBO’s VICE PRINCIPALS), and is written and directed by filmmaking duo The Joes, Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino.
At the moment, we are gathering our resources, and aim to raise a modest $2000 for production– so close to the goal! –and currently accepting donations over Indiegogo: (https://igg.me/at/Momheart/x). If you can’t donate, you can support our efforts by sharing the campaign over social media. The Joes and I appreciate any measure of support in spreading the word and gathering an audience.
THE REPLICA RAID II wrapped principle photography on Saturday, July 7th. We were lucky to have the same overcast weather as the first day of shooting on May 20th, so the continuity of the film should remain in act, despite production being a month and a half apart. I don’t recommend approaching filmmaking that way, but when you are working with a limited budget and crew, sometimes you must succumb to strict scheduling. We redid some minor car sequences, and then the fun stuff we didn’t get to try last time: playing with colored photography smoke, and handbrake sliding a car into a cul-de-sac. Over and over again. For both.
The short is currently in post, where it is being edited by Madeleine Richardson, also the 1st AD on set. THE REPLICA RAID II is a sequel to my experimental short film THE REPLICA RAID which was filmed in fall 2016, and released in spring 2017, and in itself, a project that I reworked from a concept I first attempted in college.
Check out the screenshots below for a preview of what we captured on July 7th, and follow @Artificial.Ink.Creative on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes.
The 12th Level Intellects– a biweekly geeky podcast hosted by James Strecker and myself– released five more episodes in June and July 2018, so you could say that it has been a busy summer! We reviewed recent theatrical films like DEADPOOL 2 and SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, and the trailers for AQUAMAN and SHAZAM! which were unveiled at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego, California.
Per the podcast’s usual DCAU slant, we also analyzed the cartoons’ influence on modern comics and films, discussed fan theories for BATMAN BEYOND, and interviewed Matthew Valencia, voice actor of the second Robin, Tim Drake, from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Check it all out at the embedded videos below, or stream on iTunes. As always, the podcast is hosted by the Watchtower Database.
COMPASSION is a short film anthology in three parts, written and directed by Jeff Corpening, and produced by Corpening Media. Betsy Cardwell and myself joined Jeff as Producers, and have been diligently working to produce this anthology over the last six months. Part 1 entered and wrapped production on Saturday, June 23rd where we filmed in Asheville, North Carolina.
The day was hot and long, but we successfully captured everything we needed. We had an excellent crew, including the lead actor Victor Hough, Madeleine (1st AD), David Craig (DP), Sam Schumate (1st AC), Brittany Jackson (2nd AC), Robert Gowan (Sound Recordist), Kira Bursky (VFX Supervisor), Sam Zeilender (PA), Askar McMahon (PA), Sophie Berry (BTS photographer), and our gravel transportation team of Jonah Goldwag, Phil Koch, Daniel Ballard, and Mark Sundara.
COMPASSION Part 1: “Knowledge” is now in post-production. Part 2: “Empathy” and Part 3: “Action” are both next on the slate, and will be produced over the upcoming year.